Seasonic M12 600w Modular PSU

Introduction & Packaging

Introduction

When it comes to silent yet powerful PSU's, Seasonic are always one of the first companies to be mentioned. In business for over 30 years, Seasonic certainly know what they are doing when it comes to manufacturing power supplies.

Just over a year ago Seasonic released their S12 line-up, with models ranging from 430w-600w. These units proved very popular with enthusiasts who wanted stable power along with low noise levels.

With more and more high powered units entering the market from a whole range of manufacturers its hard to stay with the same product for too long, and for this reason Seasonic have released a new range of modular power supplies labelled the M12 series. The M12 series has a total of 3 models: 500w, 600w and 700w, with the 700w model being Quad-SLI certified. Today I'll be taking a look at the middle-of-the-range 600w model to find out if Seasonic can uphold their reputation for power and silence in one package.

What Seasonic say about themselves:
"Since the incorporation of Sea Sonic Electronics Co., Ltd. in 1975, we have maintained our focus on research and development and the production of quality power conversion products.

For the past decades, supported by cutting edge technology based upon a strong research and development team, Sea Sonic Electronics has provided timely and professional solutions to meet many of the IT industry's requirements.

For the future, we will continue our philosophy of dedication, innovation, professionalism and 4G's (Great Technology, Great Quality, Great Service & Great Price) in order to maintain our goal of continued long-term business partnerships and create "win-win" situations for our customers."


Packaging

Having never seen or reviewed a Seasonic product in the past, I wasn't quite sure what to expect in the packaging department. Some manufacturers go for all-out 'bling', with others being more conservative and going for the professional look.

Seasonic M12 600w Packaging Seasonic M12 600w Packaging

Seasonic have chosen to keep things plain and simple, using inoffensive green and yellow colour scheme with a picture of the PSU on the front of the box. Flip the box over and we can see that Seasonic have printed some of the units most notable features. These include: up to 85% efficiency, voltage fluctuation of 3% or less, 3 year warranty, quiet dual fans and much more.

Seasonic M12 600w Packaging Seasonic M12 600w Packaging

On the side of the box Seasonic have placed a specifications sticker that details the amperage output on each of the M12's rails. There are also illustrations on how the dual fan technology works along with a diagram of the modular cabling system.

Seasonic M12 600w Packaging Seasonic M12 600w Packagingq

The M12 is packaged in a single walled cardboard box and is protected from knocks and scratches by a bubble-wrap bag. Hopefully this will be enough to keep the unit safe from the perils of the most brutal couriers.

Included in the box are the following items:
• 4x Silver ATX screws.
• 1x Power cord.
• 1x M12 manual
• 1x Pack of modular cables
• 1x M12 600w PSU

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Most Recent Comments

08-11-2006, 12:22:13

JN
"Seasonic are known for their range of silent and stable power supplies. The M12 is one of their latest models, and their first entry into the modular scene. How does it perform? We find out..."

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08-11-2006, 14:53:39

kimandsally
I look forward to the Corsair 620 review if you get to test one, as far as I know it's very similar but is quieter with only 1 120mm fan.

08-11-2006, 14:57:41

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='kimandsally'
I look forward to the Corsair 620 review if you get to test one, as far as I know it's very similar but is quieter with only 1 120mm fan.
Funnily enough, I have one on its way

08-11-2006, 15:22:21

kimandsally
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Funnily enough, I have one on its way
I look forward to that with massive interest, I'm thinking of getting one because of it's supposed high efficientcy and quietness, may I ask if you sell them after review?

08-11-2006, 15:30:29

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='kimandsally'
I look forward to that with massive interest, I'm thinking of getting one because of it's supposed high efficientcy and quietness, may I ask if you sell them after review?
Nah, we either keep them for future comparisons or send them back.

08-11-2006, 16:12:34

NickS
Nice review

You need to upgrade the PSU tester, 10a per 12v is nothin!

08-11-2006, 16:37:30

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by NickS
Nice review

You need to upgrade the PSU tester, 10a per 12v is nothin!
It can do up to 80a total on +12v at 5a increases.

If you look at the specs on the M12, the maximum combined amperage it can cope with on the +12v rail is 48a - so i got as close to that as possible (40a). Plus its handy to compare results with other 600w PSU's - most of which have been subjected to the same stress.

08-11-2006, 17:34:48

NickS
Wow, 80a? Impressive.

Thanks for explanation though XMS

08-11-2006, 17:44:59

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by NickS
Wow, 80a? Impressive.

Thanks for explanation though XMS
No probs mate - and yea - prepping myself for some of the future single railed babies

08-11-2006, 18:12:38

FragTek
Great review, and this looks to be a half way decent PSU. I think I could pick something better to put in my case if I had the choice however.

XMS, you gotta line up a single rail 1kw turbo-cool review!

08-11-2006, 20:51:47

markkleb
I am not a fan of the modular style PS.

But that was a very good review.

09-11-2006, 03:20:25

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='FragTek'
XMS, you gotta line up a single rail 1kw turbo-cool review!
Deffo
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